The membership year runs from January to December. Fellows will be contacted in November/December to renew their membership for the following year. The membership fees for the 2020 calendar year are listed below.
Rate 1: £30
Fellows who, on 1st January 2020, or at the time of their election in 2020, are an undergraduate or postgraduate student studying astronomy, geophysics or a related subject, at a rate equivalent to at least 25% of full time study. Fellows may only apply for this rate for up to 9 years.
Rate 2a: £80
Fellows who ceased to be eligible for rate 1 having completed their full time education after 1st January 2015 and are in the early stages of a career in astronomy, geophysics or a related subject.
Rate 2b: £55
Fellows who ceased to be eligible for rate 1 having completed their full time education in 2019.
Rate 3: £130
Fellows who completed full time education before 1st January 2015.
Newly elected Fellows
Newly elected Fellows pay a reduced fee for their first year of membership. The rates for 2020 are as follows:
Rate 1: £5 (if an eligible student on the date of election)
Rate 2: £55
Rate 3: £80
Subscriptions for Fellows paying rates 2 & 3 who are elected after June 30 will be reduced by 50% for the first year.
Students elected after 1st October will be given free membership for the remainder of that year.
Fellows over the age of 65 and who have been a member for 15 years or more may request to pay a concessionary rate of £30. Please contact the Membership Officer to apply for this reduced rate.
Non-student Fellows of the RAS who are also members of the Institute of Physics (IOP) are eligible for 25% discounted membership of the RAS. Rate 3 Fellows who are also members of The Geological Society are also eligible for 25% discounted RAS membership. To take advantage of this discount please contact the Membership Officer.
In cases of financial hardship the Gerald Merton fund will assist fellows with a portion of their subscription, which should be discussed with the Treasurer to reach an agreed figure. Requests for the fund should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Methods of payment
Fellows can pay their membership fees by credit or debit card through the Fellows' designated website or by Direct Debit from a UK bank account. Payments can also be made by cheque, please make them payable to 'Royal Astronomical Society'.